"Funny, wise and touching"
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"Utterly delightful double act"
-The Times-

"An invigorating tonic"
-The Independent-

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About the show

The Royal Shakespeare Company brings one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies to the West End this winter. Following hugely successful runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester, Love’s Labour’s Lost has returned to continue it's success at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. This production will run in repertory with Much Ado About Nothing, with both plays being performed by a 22-strong ensemble cast.

This version of Love’s Labour’s Lost is set prior to World War One in the summer of 1914. The King of Navarre and his three friends decide to dedicate their lives to academic study, and as part of that decision they agree to put aside all thoughts about women and love. To avoid temptation, the King orders all women to stay at least one mile away from the court. Soon after this order is made, the Princess of France arrives with several of her ladies-in-waiting. Their presence proves to be difficult to ignore and the men find it hard to keep their promise. This hearty comedy is a playful take on how people struggle to control their emotions and actions when love is involved.

The last major production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in London was staged at the Old Vic in 2013, starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. This version will feature Edward Bennett playing the role of Berowne, which adds to his already extensive list of theatre credits. Bennett recently performed alongside Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward Theatre and has worked alongside a host of other stars including David Tennant. Lisa Dillon co-stars as Rosaline, best known for her other work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as her much loved television role as Mary Smith in Cranford.

The show is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose recent work includes Nell Gwynn at Shakespeare’s Globe, which recently was performed at the Apollo Theatre.

Love’s Labour’s Lost will began performances on December 12th 2016 and runs across the Christmas period.

Who Should See It?

This hilarious play is an excellent choice if you're looking for a light-hearted introduction to Shakespeare. It's suited to both children and adults, but ultimately those already familiar with the works of Shakespeare will get the most out of this production.

Playing at

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seating Plan

Theatre Royal Haymarket seating plan

Booking period

12th Dec 2016

18th Nov 2017

18th Mar 2017

Running time

2 hours 37 minutes (including 20 minute interval)


May not be suitable for very young children